Republican Controlled Congress’ Response To Orlando Shooting Is To Try To Legalize Discrimination

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    Jul 11, 2016 6:35 PM GMT

    One month ago on Tuesday, a gunman shot and killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. House Republicans plan to mark this milestone with a hearing on a bill that would enable widespread discrimination against LGBT people. The legislation, ironically named the “First Amendment Defense Act” (FADA) rests on the idea that discrimination should be excused when it is justified by religion.

    On Tuesday, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform plans to consider FADA. The anti-LGBT bill has 171 different co-sponsors, nearly all of them Republicans.

    By its own explicit terms, FADA grants special rights to individuals with a “religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.” In that sense, it closely resembles a Mississippi law that a federal judge halted earlier this month, in part because it extends special treatment to individuals with anti-LGBT religious beliefs.

    FADA, in other words, requires the federal government to actively subsidize anti-LGBT individuals, at least if those individuals would otherwise qualify for a subsidy if not for their opposition to marriage equality. Additionally, because of the provision protecting religious objectors who believe that “sexual relations are properly reserved to” opposite sex marriages, FADA also grants a broad array of special rights to people who target many straight couples
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    Jul 11, 2016 6:41 PM GMT

    H.R.2802 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)

    Rep. Rohrabacher, Dana [R-CA-48]
    Rep. Calvert, Ken [R-CA-42]
    Rep. LaMalfa, Doug [R-CA-1]
    Rep. Hunter, Duncan D. [R-CA-50]
    Rep. Knight, Stephen [R-CA-25]

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    Jul 11, 2016 6:46 PM GMT

    Rep. Sessions, Pete [R-TX-32]*
    Rep. Neugebauer, Randy [R-TX-19]*
    Rep. Johnson, Sam [R-TX-3]*
    Rep. Smith, Lamar [R-TX-21]*
    Rep. Marchant, Kenny [R-TX-24]*
    Rep. Weber, Randy K., Sr. [R-TX-14]*
    Rep. Babin, Brian [R-TX-36]*
    Rep. Carter, John R. [R-TX-31]*
    Rep. Olson, Pete [R-TX-22]
    Rep. Williams, Roger [R-TX-25]
    Rep. Flores, Bill [R-TX-17]
    Rep. Ratcliffe, John [R-TX-4]
    Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26]
    Rep. Brady, Kevin [R-TX-8]
    Rep. Barton, Joe [R-TX-6]
    Rep. Conaway, K. Michael [R-TX-11]
    Rep. Gohmert, Louie [R-TX-1]
    Rep. Farenthold, Blake [R-TX-27]
    Rep. Hensarling, Jeb [R-TX-5]
    Rep. Thornberry, Mac [R-TX-13]
    Rep. McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10]
    Rep. Culberson, John Abney [R-TX-7]
    Rep. Hurd, Will [R-TX-23]
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    Jul 12, 2016 7:53 PM GMT
    Trumpublicans are a disgrace.